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SEA — a meditation for YOU and Cassini
October 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
… we start by acknowledging smallness: ours, also
our incredible capacity to expand
our horizon from a pinprick: we (of thought)
gathering of dots
launching a spacecraft,
launching a camera into orbit
or Crone …
… What are you willing
to give to this?
Poet and contemplative artist Philip Matthews will lead an original meditation in response to No One Looks After You, an exhibition of sculptural and video works by Jennifer Baker, on view at PLUG Projects from September 15 through October 28.
The meditation is inspired by the artist’s sense of kinship with the spacecraft Cassini, which has gifted us new knowledge and images of Saturn and its moons since Cassini’s arrival at Saturn in 2004. Cassini’s last mission to record unprecedented footage of Saturn’s rings — before it propels itself into Saturn, destroying itself, on September 15 — is currently underway.
The meditation marks the twentieth anniversary of Cassini’s departure from Earth on October 15, 1997, and will honor Cassini, grounded by the conceptual anchors of Service, Empathy, and Annihilation, blending Cassini’s imagined perspective with our own.
Philip will create a container that is structured enough to hold attention, and open enough for you to shape it into something that is useful to you in the present moment. Throughout, you will be cued with questions, symbolic images, and actions to consider and make your own.
If you can, please bring a yoga mat or meditation cushion and a blanket. Some mats, cushions, blankets, and props will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have questions about whether this experience is right for you, or are curious about other opportunities, feel free to reach out to Philip at email@example.com.
Philip Matthews is a poet and contemplative artist from eastern North Carolina whose practice roots in ritual and performance.
From 2016 to 2017, Philip was a Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown — where he wrote new poetry and lyric essay from site-specific rituals — and previous to that, the Assistant Curator of Public Projects at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. This fall, Philip is a Lecturer at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Drawing upon his experiences as a writer, curator, and yoga teacher, Philip leads workshops that bring together movement, breathing techniques, visual meditations of his own design, and magic rituals aimed at creating space for reflection and breakthrough.
He has received grants and residencies from the Wormfarm Institute, the Regional Arts Commission St. Louis, and the Hemera Foundation, and he is a finalist for the 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship.
For more info, visit philipandpetal.com.